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Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?

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  • 1.  Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?

    Posted 02-10-2020 11:31
    Do we have to set up the system timing of our PC to UTC for schedulers to work? Isn't there a work around because I want my PC to have my country's local timing but Blue Prism schedulers work only in UTC timing.

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    Raghav Gupta
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  • 2.  RE: Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?
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    Posted 02-10-2020 13:51
    Edited by Dave Morris 04-06-2020 11:54
    Schedules run based on the time of the application server. BP's time setup isn't the best, but it works well if you can set your Interactive Clients, Runtime Resources, and Application Server all to the same time zone.

    If you want your local PC (which I assume is your Interactive Client) to have a different time zone from the Application Server, you should still be able to do just about everything normally with the exception of the 'Run Now' feature of schedules. There are workarounds, but that feature won't respond quite right because it will insert a wrong time for when to kick of the schedule immediately.

    So, help me understand. Is your local PC (Interactive Client) actually in a different time zone from your application server? Not sure if this is obvious or not, but I should mention that the times may be stored in UTC, but the app server does not need to be configured to the UTC time zone (GMT). It'll do the conversion of the time based on the system's time zone setting and should behave correctly.

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    Dave Morris
    3Ci @ Southern Company
    Atlanta, GA
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  • 3.  RE: Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?

    Posted 02-10-2020 14:26
    Hi Dave,
    How do I change the timezone of interactive client? My system time is my country's local time and the interactive client is showing UTC time.

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    Raghav Gupta
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  • 4.  RE: Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?

    Posted 02-10-2020 14:31
    That depends if you have admin access to be able to do that. Also, when I say Interactive Client, I'm talking about the machine where you have Blue Prism installed where you open it to view Control Room. What is the time zone on that machine? And if it's a Virtual Machine, then the settings may be a group policy thing.

    If it's just your local machine, then you can go into Date and Time settings and change the timezone there. I wouldn't advise just changing these things unless you're the only person who uses this Blue Prism environment. Changing various settings like this could have unexpected results at times and it'd be a good idea to get all parties involved in on the discussion to decide the best plan of action. So, again, if you're the only person using this BP environment, then I'd say you should just decide what time zone you want everything to be on and then change the tme zone. In Windows 10, you can type into the Windows button search for 'Change the time zone' and it'll bring you to the Windows settings for this. If your app server is on a Windows Server operating system, then it's a similar kind of thing in Control Panel.

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    Dave Morris
    3Ci @ Southern Company
    Atlanta, GA
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  • 5.  RE: Do we have to set up the system timing to UTC for schedulers to work?

    Posted 02-10-2020 14:42
    Edited by Raghav Gupta 02-10-2020 18:16
    Thanks for the info, Dave


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    Raghav Gupta
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